Rucker McClure had swilled beer & chased women everywhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but the sexy, rowdy good ol' boy couldn't resist heading straight for Mt. Pleasant, Alabama, when the town's mayor, ex-Miss Georgia Dian Sheridan, sent him a baby possum in retaliation for a column that savaged their annual Possum Days celebration! Not a bit subtle where seduction was concerned, Rucker did his outrageour best to rough up Dinah's smooth edges, making the regal beauty giggle at his wicked humor & mesmerizing her with burning caresses & a voice that drawled steamy promises. "Keep your heart open & your lips puckered" he warned her when he left town, but when he returned & began unraveling her mylstery. Dinah knew her fate was sealed. If Rucker discovered the scandal that had once cost her everything, she'd lose him--and the life she loved. But if she wouldn't trust him w/ her secrets, how could he prove he cherished her?